The Mitchell Shire Community Development team in conjunction with the Wallan Neighbourhood House management continues to facilitate U3A Wallan Inc. with a COVID_Safe management plan and provides our organisation with an up- to-date facility guidelines as per the Victorian Government COVID_19 announcements and the Chief Medical Officer public health orders. This information is regularly emailed to our members.
COVID_19 Hygiene and sanitizing practices are adhered to, such as regular surface wipe downs, promotion of hand washing, use of hand sanitizers, along with respecting Victoria Government mandated density limits, and use of available ventilation systems and a strict no food or sharing of buffet-style eating services.
SERVICE VICTORIA QR CODE SYSTEM and VACCINATION CHECKS
Wallan Neighbourhood House appoints COVID check-in marshals to ensure that QR Code signs are registered for every attendee onto the premises and confirms visitors and users double vaccination or valid exemption certificates for people 16 years old and above. See below types of acceptable proof of your vaccination status or visit Service Australia website at https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au
If you don’t have a digital certificate, then you can call the Australian Immunisation Register and request your immunisation COVID_19 history be sent by post, although it may take up to 14 days to arrive. 1800 653 809 Mon – Fri 8am – 5pm.
Face masks are required to be carried at all times and may be worn indoors when 1.5m social distancing is unable to be adhered to or inline with the Government and Mitchell Shire directives; unless lawfully exempted. Subject to Change.
Keeping Safe – What you need to keep doing!
- Practice good hygiene and regularly and thoroughly wash your hands.
- Maintain physical distancing, keep at least 1.5 metres away from others.
- Carry a face mask when you leave home unless you have a lawful reason not to. It is strongly recommended you wear one whenever you cannot keep 1.5 metres distance from others.
- Wear a face mask when required, unless a lawful exception applies.
- If you feel unwell do not attend activities.
- Get tested at a nearby testing location. Return home immediately.
- If your condition worsens contact your GP or a health professional. If you become very unwell and are having trouble breathing contact triple zero, you may need to be admitted to hospital.
Source: Victorian Government. Staying Safe accessed 11/10/21 from https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/staying-safe
Tips for Beating the COVID_ 19 Blues
• Write your life story – remember you are the only one who can write it in the first person
• Work on your Bucket List – give yourself something to look forward too; bucket lists don’t have be travel related ie: sign up to a free online course
• Contact other members, family, and friends – stay connected, learn to use Zoom or Messenger Video!
• Exercise and healthy eating are key to longevity amongst other things!
• Try a new recipe; there is pleasure in food!
• Stay positive, reach out for help, support each other, be kind, life is good!
Visit the DHHS website for more information and resources for older people and seniors https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/information-older-people-and-seniors-covid-19
Visit the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) COVID-19 site for up-to-date information at:
A reminder that if you, or a family member develops symptoms of COVID-19 you should get tested at a COVID-19 testing facility and stay home and continue to follow the instructions of the Department of Health (DH).
Check the Victorian Government Coronavirus list of Public Exposure Site in Victoria (COVID-19 exposure occurred), and if anyone has attended a site at the nominated times listed, follow the advice of the DH.